The well stocked and recently refurbished Carrington Library in the Loveday building provides a quiet working atmosphere for private study and leisure reading for all Senior pupils. Holding approximately 14,000 volumes and 7,500 catalogued journal articles, the Library also hosts a number of online and digital resources to support research and learning across the school. Study PCs are available for internet access and the room is well served by wi-fi and plenty of power sockets for laptops and tablets.
The Library is committed to providing materials to support pupils across the curriculum in all subjects, expand their horizons and give access to the best literature, from classics to graphic novels. A special collection boasting the title “The Wow Factor” encourages academically ambitious pupils to read themselves interesting by exploring World and English literature and works of popular science and humanities subjects.
Senior Librarian Amanda Lockwood and Library Assistant Eliza Kitchen are always delighted to help pupils to find appropriate information for prep or to discuss leisure reading interests. We warmly encourage pupils to request books and talk to us about their favourites. The library management system, Eclipse, provides an easily searchable catalogue and opportunities to write book reviews and manage your own library account. Along with access to an online journal archive and targeted digital resources, the catalogue can easily be accessed by all pupils through the Library page on the Taunton School intranet.
A Student Librarian training scheme encourages volunteering and peer support.
Well used by Sixth Form and increasingly by middle school pupils, the Carrington is open seven days a week in term-time, from 8am to 9pm.